Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In Support of Fr. Marcel

Fr. Marcel, as well as the other priests at St. John Newman, are going throgh a very rough time.

Therefore, if you wish to post words of encouragement and support for him, this is your opportunity.

If you are going to post something negative, against him, Cardinal Wuerl, Bishop Knestout or even Barbara Johnson, it will be rejected. Even if it is perceived as negative by me, it will be deleted.

So, here is mine...

Fr. Marcel:

I do not know you nor have I ever met you. But as a Catholic in the Archdiocese of Washington, I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart and soul, how grateful we are to have a priest such as you.

You were put in a difficult position, and made a decision to keep the Body of our Lord sacred and not defame the sacrament or the Church. I thank you.

There are those who have no understanding about what you did and why you did it, but yet, they call you all sorts of vile names and insults. There are those out there, who will split hairs about Canon Law, and condemn you. But many of us out there, some just down the road from you, who believe you did the right thing.

Although you cannot defend yourself or your faith, as per the orders of the Cardinal, there are many out there who are happy to defend you, thank you and pray for you.

Feel no shame.

Feel no guilt.

My Mass intention this weekend will be for you. That God gives you the strength to make it through this ordeal of fire and to give you the resolve to continue what you are doing.

Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.

I pray that the Blessed Mother continues to watch over you.


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Dan said...

Thank you Fr. Marcel for your brave actions in putting the soul of the woman above all other considerations. You are a beacon of light in a very dark world and give inspiration to those of us who recoil at the thought of following Jesus to the point of carrying the crosses He brings. God bless you and keep you at your Calvary. Be assured of my prayers.

Br. Jude, Op said...

All I can say is remember the words of our saviour "“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first" (John 15:18).

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Fr. Marcel. I am praying for you, as many others.

Anonymous said...

father marcel is not a good priest he is a GREAT one!

Athelstane said...

Dear Fr. Guarnizo,

You are clearly a priest who takes your duty to preserve the Body and Blood of our Lord from profanation, and communicants from endangering their souls (a point often missed in this debate) very seriously - and that's clearly what you were trying to do last week. Your instincts seem to be good ones - ones we should expect from any Catholic priest. "Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died" (1 Cor. 11:27-30)

The Archdiocese has spoken, and as a lay Catholic member I am not in a position to alter it. But I would like you to know that there are many of us out here who respect and esteem your work throughout the archdiocese (especially on behalf of the unborn), and whose prayers are with you to sustain you through this hard time.

May God bless you and keep you,and fortify you with the strength to complete this trial.

Yours in Christ,
Richard M. L.

Anonymous said...

Dear Father Guarnizo:

Thank you for being a real Catholic priest by choosing God.

Sometimes, it hard to offer our suffering and persecutions up to God but we have to. You are not alone. also supports you too.

A true Hibernian defends God, Our Blessed Mother the Catholic Church, Sacraments and holy priests like you.

Father we will keep you in our prayers and Rosary intentions. Also, I will be writing to the Nuncio of Washington, Dc His excellency Carlo Maria Vigano 3339 Massachusetts Ave northwest, Washington, Dc and even to Rome too.

Viva Cristo Rey! Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

Bairbre, Traditional Catholic from the State of New Jersey, USA

Johnny Girl said...

Father Marcel, you have my family's and my prayers and support. This woman's manipulation of your duty and integrity must feel like a real violation, as it is. I know the Blessed Mother will look after you, and surely she'll thank you for taking care with the Body of her Son.


Anne said...

Father Marcel,
You have been in my thoughts since I learned of the incident. Thank you for standing up for your beliefs. And I pray that you will be supported by the Holy Spirit during this very difficult time. Our country and our faith are under attack and we appreciate your faith. Please know that there are many of us that stand with you.


Thank you Father Marcel ...for your courage and for your example. These are dark days for the Church, and they are going to get even darker. But you have provided a beacon of light for many of us, and a reminder that the sanctity of the Eucharist is the heart of our faith, and something way may all be called upon to defend in a very tangible way.

Lepanto said...

Thank you, Father.